Mornington Peninsula has always been a favourite destination to visit as there is so much on offer in the beautiful region such as pristine beaches, picturesque wineries, boutique shopping, coastal walks, health and wellness pampering, gourmet eateries as well as plenty of activities for children.
It’s such a lovely region to visit year round but of course being on a peninsula, it is especially busy during the warmer months. There are numerous beaches to check out from the calm waters of the front beach in Sorrento to the great surf conditions at Rye Ocean Beach.
Health and Wellness
Nature walks and trails are abundant in the region and offer Spectacular Ocean views of the stunning coast and surrounds. Once you have explored one of the many walks and trails it’s time to relax and rejuvenate at the ever so popular Peninsula Hot Springs. This stunning property is situated in Fingal and was the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in the state. It has just recently had major upgrades and they have now included additional thermal mineral pools, amphitheatre open-air stage, seasonal wellness classes and a fire and ice pool area to name a few.
Activities and Attractions
Golf enthusiasts are well catered for with numerous world class courses to tee off. Here are a few to look into; Moonah Links Golf Course, Eagle Ridge Golf Course, The Dunes Golf Course and St Andrews Beach Golf Club. The stunning Flinders Golf course is perched high on the cliff tops and offers the best views across Western Port to Phillip Island and the rugged Bass Strait coastline.
For spectacular views of the entire Peninsula, board a gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. A combination of enclosed and open cabins provides an all-weather experience for passengers. The Eagle is all inclusive and caters to the disabled, elderly and toddlers and is wheelchair and pram friendly.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award-winning attraction located at Arthurs Seat. This impressive adventure park features hedge mazes, giant tube slides, themed gardens, an outdoor sculpture park and an indoor 3D maze. Ideal for families, The Enchanted Adventure Garden has something for everyone and will entertain the children for hours.
Gourmet Food and Wine
Mornington Peninsula is renowned for its local produce, wineries, gourmet cafes and restaurants and with so many delectable places to indulge in great food and wine you will be spoilt for choice.
Located in Main Ridge on the Peninsula, T’Gallant winery is renowned for its delicious wood-fired pizzas and Pinot Gris and Grigio wines. With a large outdoor piazza that overlooks the T’Gallant Estate Vineyard, wine tastings seven days a week and a diverse menu full of classic Italian style dishes it’s the perfect place to relax with friends and family.
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is located in the beautiful hinterland of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and is the place to visit for strawberry lovers of all ages. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the fields and pick their own strawberries during the months of Nov-Apr which is always a unique experience. Enjoy delicious strawberry desserts and produce at the onsite café and a gift shop specialising in strawberry themed gifts is well worth a look.
How to get to Mornington Peninsula
The Scenic way to get to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne CBD is to follow the coastline from Melbourne via Frankston to access Port Phillip bayside towns (Mt Eliza, Mornington, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Portsea).
For a faster journey (about 60 minutes) take the M1 and join the Eastlink tollway. Take the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and then Moorooduc Freeway to quickly reach the Mornington Peninsula.
Another option is to join an organised Mornington Peninsula day tour so you won’t have to worry about navigating the roads. A comprehensive list of our Gray Line Mornington Peninsula Tours can be found online here : Mornington Peninsula Tours. Tours Depart from the Melbourne CBD at Federation Square and selected hotels.